So what is a Marine Protected Area?
They go by many names such as marine parks, aquatic parks, marine reserves. Basically anything that sounds like it offers some protection from fishing and other extractive industries like mining or oil drilling. Currently roughly 3% of the world’s oceans are protected in some way.
What do Marine Protected Areas do?
Well that depends on zoning, as you can see from the Gili Matra Marine Park map that there are different zones within the MPA. These zones allow some activities and not others. For example the Red zone allows no fishing, diving or snorkeling. This is a true no take zone. The Green zones allow diving and other recreational activities but no fishing. Blue areas are specialized for the harbours and so on.